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March 30-31: Meeting of the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee Meeting Announcement

Date:  March 30 & 31, 2010
Time:  8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location:  National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Conference Center
429 L’Enfant Plaza SW.
Washington, DC 20594
(at Metro’s L’Enfant Plaza station; parking is limited and public transportation is recommended.)

For those unable to attend in person, the meeting will also be webcast.  The link for the webcast is available at http://www.capitolconnection.net/capcon/fda/fda033010_launch.htm


On March 30, 2010, the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee will cover the following two topics: (Topic 1) Receive presentations on the background and overview of the FDA Center for Tobacco Products, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (the Tobacco Control Act), and the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee; and (Topic 2) receive presentations on and discuss the published literature on menthol as it relates to the demographics of users, preferential use by persons initiating
tobacco use, the health effects of menthol in cigarettes, the effects of menthol on addiction and cessation, marketing and consumer perceptions about menthol cigarettes, the sensory qualities of menthol cigarettes, and the effects of menthol on how cigarettes are smoked. On March 31, 2010, the Committee will continue the presentations and discussions of topic 2; and also receive preliminary information about topics planned for discussion at future
meetings, including an action plan designed to ensure the enforcement of restrictions required by the Tobacco Control Act on the advertising and promotion of menthol and other cigarettes to youth, and the establishment of a list of harmful and potentially harmful tobacco product constituents, including smoke constituents. These discussions are preliminary to the preparation of the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee’s required report to the Secretary of Health and Human Services regarding the impact of use of menthol in cigarettes on the public’s health. A second meeting of the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee, focusing on tobacco industry research and documents related to menthol and cigarettes, is planned for summer 2010.

Meeting Materials

Public Participation Information

Interested persons may present data, information, or views, orally or in writing, on issues pending before the committee.

  • Written submissions may be made to the contact person on or before
    March 22, 2010.
  • Oral presentations from the public will be scheduled between approximately
    9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., March 31, 2010. Those desiring to make formal oral
    presentations should notify the contact person and submit a brief statement of the
    general nature of the evidence or arguments they wish to present, the names and
    addresses of proposed participants, and an indication of the approximate time
    requested to make their presentation on or before March 12, 2010.

Time allotted for each presentation may be limited. If the number of registrants requesting to speak is greater than can be reasonably accommodated during the scheduled open public hearing session, FDA may conduct a lottery to determine the speakers for the scheduled open public hearing session. The contact person will notify interested persons regarding their request to speak by March 15, 2010.

Contact Information

  • Cristi Stark
    Center for Tobacco Products
    Food and Drug Administration
    9200 Corporate Boulevard
    Rockville, MD 20850
    Phone: 240-276-3992
    FAX: 240-276-3904
    Email: cristi.stark@fda.hhs.gov
  • FDA Advisory Committee Information Line
    (301-443-0572 in the Washington DC area)
    Code: 8732110002
    Please call the Information Line for up-to-date information on this meeting.

A notice in the Federal Register about last minute modifications that impact a previously announced advisory committee meeting cannot always be published quickly enough to provide timely notice. Therefore, you should always check the agency’s Website and call the appropriate advisory committee hot line/phone line to learn about possible modifications before coming to the meeting.

FDA intends to make background material available to the public no later than 2 business days before the meeting. If FDA is unable to post the background material on its Web site prior to the meeting, the background material will be made publicly available at the location of the advisory committee meeting, and the background material will be posted on FDA’s Web site after the meeting.

Persons attending FDA’s advisory committee meetings are advised that the agency is not responsible for providing access to electrical outlets. FDA welcomes the attendance of the public at its advisory committee meetings and will make every effort to accommodate persons with physical disabilities or special needs. If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Cristi Stark at (240) 276-3992 at least 7 days in advance of the meeting. FDA is committed to the orderly conduct of its advisory committee meetings.

Please visit our Web site at http://www.fda.gov/oc/advisory/default.htm for procedures on public conduct during advisory committee meetings.  The meeting will also be webcast.  The webcast can be viewed at http://www.capitolconnection.net/capcon/fda/fda033010_launch.htm

Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. app.2).